City manager Jim Dean addressed the City Commission Tuesday night in their regular monthly meeting about the possibility of utilizing the now vacant SunTrust Bank building at the corner of Lafayette and Green Streets in Marianna. At present, there are plans to house administrative offices in the Peel Furniture building that was purchased by the city for $300,000.
Dean said he had visited the SunTrust building and felt that if the City could purchase it at a reasonable price, they may come out ahead in the long run financially. He stated the building was solid, and from his inspection, developing that building into city offices may be more practical than rehabbing the Peel Building. Commissioner Travis Ephriam was concerned about the city being left with the Peel Building and minus the $300,000 they had paid for it. Commission John Roberts said he had been approached by at least two businessmen who said they wish they had known the Peel building was for sale because they would have purchased it. Roberts did not feel liquidating the Peel building would be an issue at all.
There was discussion about the amount of parking but Dean did not feel that would be an issue. The parking area behind the building presently is all part of SunTrust. The Commission also asked that Dean halt any architectural work by Paul Donofro on the Peel building at this time.
Roberts made a motion to have Jim Dean enter into negotiations with SunTrust on the possibility of the City purchasing the building. The motion passed unanimously.